Photography: An Independent Art.
Photographs from the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1839-1996.

Edited with text by Mark Haworth-Booth.
Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1997. 208 pp., 52 duotone and 48 color illustrations, 9x11".

The first comprehensive anthology of the Victoria & Albert Museum's holdings, An Independent Art is also an excellent introduction to the history of photography. The museum began collecting photography back in 1856--just 17 years after its invention--which explains its particularly impressive holding of Victorian era photographs--including Fenton, Hill & Adamson, Jilia Margaret Cameron, Le Gray, and Lady Clementina Hawarden. As this anthology also shows, their modern collection is equally impressive.

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